Kelly Clarkson Fact-Checks Gay ‘Voice’ Contestant Who Called Her ‘Small Minded’

“I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY” former “American Idol” winner tweets

Kelly Clarkson said she is bummed out that former “The Voice” contestant Molly Stevens called her “small minded” for comparing her to other gay musicians.

“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY,” Clarkson tweeted Tuesday after Stevens posted a (now-deleted) Instagram post that slammed Clarkson for comparing the contestant other lesbian musicians, including Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.

But, as Clarkson pointed out in her own defense, she compared Stevens to straight musician Patty Griffin, too.

“I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller,” said the “Piece by Piece” singer.

Stevens later apologized for calling Clarkson out and said that she looks up to her.

“I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words,” Stevens said on Twitter. “This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.”

Stevens also commented on Clarkson’s tweet with an additional apology: “I am so sorry to have caused any pain and hurt with anyone. Learned my lesson to not process my thoughts on social media today. Especially the day after being aired on The Voice. I’m truly sorry. I hope our paths will cross soon so I can tell you this in person.”

Stevens’ original Instagram post, now deleted, said that while she appreciated being categorized with Etheridge and the Indigo Girls in terms of talent, “I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap.”

“It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world,” she continued. “I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic. Glad I can work through this one today on a carousel in Central Park with my mom and niece. But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.”

As one fan on Twitter pointed out, Clarkson has been vocal in her support for the LGBTQ community.

See the tweets below.